Hot One Inch Action: The Button Show

Saturday October 9, 2010 in Seattle
Saturday October 23 in Vancouver BC
Thursday November 11 in Portland

One inch button trading starts at 8pm

The 7th annual Hot One Inch Action is going on tour. In addition to our Vancouver BC show on October 23 at Gallery Gachet, we're heading to Seattle on October 9 at Ouch My Eye and to Portland's Backspace on November 11. We'll bring together 50 artists, 50 buttons, and some hot button trading action.

Details at

Check out the posts about Hot One Inch Action on The Jealous Curator, Artistrun and Vancouver Is Awesome.

Hot One Inch Action is a unique one-night only show of original art, music and social interaction. We take 50 artists, Vancouver's hottest live music and the most discerning art audience and gather them under one roof. During the show, we present the original work of fifty different artists on one inch buttons. These one inch buttons are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience is offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected buttons. If your purchase does not have a desired button, you are invited to trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that button? To help encourage the trading, DJ's spin some great tunes and reasonably priced beverages will be served.


Since 2004, this event (co-produced/curated by me and local artist Jim Hoehnle) has become a bit of a local phenomenon. We've been featured in articles in The Globe and Mail Review 7, Terminal City, on Much Music's "Going Coastal," ICTV, CBC's Zed, Eastside Story on Shaw, FearlessTV, and in a book featuring one-inch button art called "Badge Button Pin."


On Saturday Nov 7, 2009, the button show was at W2 Culture + Media House for our 6th annual show. We also hosted another show there on February 6, 2010 for the Medalists show featuring buttons that were not chosen from the previous 6 years of Hot One Inch Action.

Hot One Inch Action and This Is Plan B was at Creativemix, Thursday October 22, 2009 for some button making action in preparation for the 2009 show. Lots of people made their very own one-of-a-kind buttons and enjoyed a great conference.

The show returned to Gallery Gachet on Saturday May 24, 2008 for it's fifth year. As usual, we sold out of all our buttons and had a great time.

Saturday April 28, 2007, Gallery Gachet hosted the 4th annual Hot One Inch Action from 8-midnight. People were waiting at the doors to get in at 8pm and we sold out of all of our buttons by 10pm! The gallery was completely packed for most of the night making trading a challenge. We also had 2 great DJs provide the soundtrack for the evening.

On Saturday May 27, 2006, Gallery Gachet hosted the 3rd annual Hot One Inch Action. People were waiting at the doors to get in at 8pm and didn't let up until close to midnight! Live music from Trike and DJ Robin Banks.

On May 7, 2005, The Butchershop Gallery hosted all the hot action with local musical guests Girl Nobody. We sold out more than 2000 buttons in less than 2 hours and had lots of people asking for more.

The Whip Gallery Restaurant hosted us the following weekend for a retrospective look at both the 2004/2005 shows. Hopefully after the main event next year another gallery will host a retrospective look at 3 years of hot action!

May 7, 2004 was our first hot show at the Union Gallery with locals The Doers.

If you're not in Vancouver, we've had several people asking us questions about how to host this kind of event in their city. From San Diego to Montreal, everyone loves one-inch buttons. If you know of a show like ours in your town, we'd love to hear about it.

Pecha Kucha Night Volume 6 – Vancouver

On May 21, 2009, I was given the chance to give a short presentation at Pecha Kucha Night #6. If you ever get the chance to go to a Pecha Kucha Night, you really should. Here's a link to the video (thanks to Bruce Sharpe). Here's more info on Pecha Kucha Night.


CARDED! is a one night only show of art, music and fast paced trading action in the vein of Hot One Inch Action. The work of fifty artists is presented on trading cards and made available for art lovers to collect and trade. These 2.5"x3.5" cards are displayed on the gallery wall and the audience offered the opportunity to buy randomly selected cards in packs of five for $5. If the pack purchased does not have the desired card, trade with the people around you. How bad do you want that art-card? Our first CARDED! was at Little Mountain Studios on Saturday January 24, 2009. The 2010 show was at Jacana Gallery on Saturday February 27, 2010. We also remounted the show along side a group show of art from the 50 artists of CARDED! 2010 at Ayden Gallery from April 10-20, 2010. Produced and curated by me and Jim Hoehnle. More details here.

RAD: Bicycle Art Ride and Show, Friday February 1, 2008

RAD was at Gallery Gachet on February 1, 2008 as part of the Bikes Inside! weekend of events. Check out for details. Photos up eventually (when there's time). The evening was a huge success with about 40 artists contributing bike-themed art and a couple hundred people making their way through the gallery to check out the show and enjoy the party. A great night that I hope to do again next year.

The Chris Mass – Friday September 7

Are you a Chris? When we realized just how many Chris' there are in Vancouver, I decided it was high time for a "Chris"-themed bicycle ride. If you're a Chris, join us on this ride. If you're not a Chris but would like to be an honourary Chris for an evening, join us. If you just want to go for a ride, join us. Really, just come out for a ride, do you need an excuse? Come and see what it's like to be a Chris... hear your name constantly, meet as many Chris' as you can, find different ways of spelling Chris.

We're encouraging everyone to wear red, green, and/or something shiny. Name tags will be provided. We'll go on a ride on some of Chris' favourite routes including Queen E Park, west side beaches, seawall, downtown and finish in a local drinking establishment in Gastown. Discover if beer is really Chris' favourite drink. Good times.

Everyone welcome.

Pity the Child Born on Chris Mass
aka Amy's Rolling Picnic Birthday Party

Amy Walker of Momentum presents a casual potluck picnic.

This Is Plan B Presents:

Waist Deep: Patterns & Moods

Photos by Joseph Leger
Oils by Tanis Alexis Laird

April 7-14, 2006
Gallery @ Artech
336 East 1st Ave, Vancouver

Joe Leger and Tanis Laird capture the reflections and luminescence that is created on the surface of water: the ghostly patterns, the smoke rings, the smudges. Using slow shutter speeds, Joe was able to better record these elusive patterns. From Joe’s photography and other references, Tanis paints her own interpretation of water. Using oil paint and layers of glaze, she builds the depth and glassiness she needs to portray surfaces as well as underwater scenes. Together they show an artistic reflection of the many moods of water.

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Protest/Media: Paintings, Prints & One Inch Buttons

In January 2004, I was lucky enough to show my paintings, prints and one-inch buttons at the now defunct Spaces gallery. With a live DJ on hand to entertain those that came out, it was my first crazy night of one-inch button selling at a gallery. I had no idea how popular one-inch buttons would be and I sold out my first run of buttons on opening night. This of course was the inspiration for Jim Hoenhle to approach me and for us to create Hot One Inch Action.

The relationship between protesters and the media has always been difficult. On the one hand, the protester wants his or her cause to be known while on the other, he or she doesn't want to be portrayed as an ignorant fool unaware of how the world works. More often than not, the media focuses on the more aggressive members of a protest while the majority goes unnoticed – and so the message is lost. Think about the APEC protest at UBC or the WTO protest in Seattle and most people will remember pepper spray and fences falling at UBC and smashed Starbucks and McDonald's windows in Seattle. The media certainly didn't focus on the bigger picture as well as they did on more violent aspects of the protests despite the supposedly objective, almost invisible role they're meant to play.

In Protest/Media, I explored the relationship between protesters and the media. The media is represented as outlined figures, transparent yet visible reporters and cameras fill the landscape. The protesters are hidden in the background, unless of course they're wearing balaclavas – a dead giveaway that something newsworthy will happen (just keep the cameras rolling!). From 6-foot canvas down to one inch buttons, Protest/Media also contrasts scale. Larger than life reporters and protesters vie for your attention while the smaller works may be overlooked. The small scale is where the message is, on the sweater of the protester or in the corner of the gallery; sometimes only the bigger picture is noticed. Smaller scale works also comes together in a larger context: small individual prints depicting reporters are placed together to become a large-scale work, in opposition to a single protester.

Overall, this show utilizes the vernacular of the street: a stencil-graffiti style, punk rock buttons, an unpolished aesthetic. There is no effort made to be realistic: in the same way the news about protests isn't always realistic and in the same way protests are always a little rough around the edges.

To see some of my work from this show, have a look in the Art section (Paintings and Buttons).

Not surprisingly, CJSF was the only media on hand. Read the story here.